Dogs will be putting on the people clothes today at the third annual Pet Rescue Spring Dog Parade in Graham Park (between Meadow Walk Lane and Bull Run Road, Miami Lakes). Founded by tennis great Gardnar Mulloy, Pet Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter committed to saving the lives of homeless and abandoned pets.
After a quarter-mile trot through the park, dogs can compete in silly contests like longest ears, best dressed, and best pet trick, or get their pictures taken with the Spring Chicken and Honey Bunny. Children's author Rick Arruzza will also sign copies of his books No Rest for Sparky and Sparky's Walk.
"We're trying to get the mailman in the neighborhood to lead the parade," says Lisa DePriest, treasurer of Pet Rescue and event organizer. "Or he could be a contest judge; this is his chance to get even with those dogs." Registration begins at 11:00 and the parade starts at noon, followed by the contest at 1:00 (dogs like to stay on schedule, you know). Registration costs $25 per family (for as many dogs as you have), which will score you a raffle ticket and doggie gift bag. Call 305-621-8354, or visit www.petrescuemiami.com. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Swilling for Charity
More food and wine
Can binging on delectable food while drinking exorbitant amounts of wine ever be good for others? Yes, it can, and at the tenth annual Miami Wine and Food Festival benefiting Baptist Health South Florida Foundation and United Way of Miami-Dade, it is. Foodies and philanthropists alike will be seen at the InterContinental Miami Hotel (100 Chopin Plaza, downtown Miami) for this year's festivities. Celebrity chef Govind Armstrong, owner of LA's Table 8 and protégé of Wolfgang Puck, will be assisting during the "Food, Friends, and Fun" interactive dinner Friday, April 8. Armstrong, nominated as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," not only provides food for the stomach but also candy for the eyes. Indulge your vices while helping others starting tonight at 7:00. Tickets range from $75 for tonight's tasting to $250 for the dinner with Chef Armstrong. Visit www.miamiwinefestival.com for a complete schedule. --Becky Randel
Get Your Art On Outside
Before it gets too darn hot
The great outdoors. Skating. Sailing. Stretching out and sipping a frosty brew. Whatever the pleasure, South Florida's big back yard doubles as a playground for grownups. It's also a trendy art gallery. Street fairs provide a handy place for the flip-flops and T-shirt set to enjoy the highbrow lifestyle. The 41st annual Key Biscayne Art Festival presented by the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation is putting on its version today and Sunday along the south end of Crandon Boulevard. Musicians perform for guests as they browse the handiwork from dozens of potters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, and other artists. The free festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 954-472-3755, or visit www.artfestival.com. --Patti Roth
Don't be a square (or trapezoid, or obtuse triangle, or even an ellipsoid); bring the children to the Beyond Geometry Family Festival today from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami). Explore mathematical configurations with giant dominoes, checkers, and hula hoops; make origami animals; or enjoy a storyteller's funny math tales. Admission is free. Call 305-375-3000, or visit www.miamiartmuseum.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser